History Of Mauritius

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

Our final day in Mauritius and another no wind day so we're taking it easy - a quick stop to the beach as well as the Slave Route Memorial before, packing all our kit in preparation for the journey home.

All about the Mauritius Slave Route Memorial

Mauritius was once a part of the far-reaching international slave trade, and it's said that hundreds of slaves threw themselves off the cliff rather than face the horrors of dehumanization. The darkest story tells of the time just after the British passed the Slavery Abolition Act in 1834 and sent a group of soldiers to the Le Morne area to let runaway slaves know that they were free. But the slaves, seeing the authorities approaching, feared that they were being recaptured - climbed to the top of the mountain summit and threw themselves off.

Slave Route Monument is found at the foot of Le Morne mountain, in clear view of the caves within the cliff faces - where it's rumoured that runaway slaves hid to seek cover from authorities.

If you’re aware of the legends and history behind your surroundings, even a brief visit to the monument is going to be a moving and thought-provoking one.

The monument was created as a symbol to recognize and commemorate the impact and influence of slavery and the slave trade on Mauritian history. It also part of a larger UNESCO effort known as the Slave Route Project, looking to have such monuments erected in countries affected by the slave trade.